Australian opener, Will Pucovski is also added to the long list of players being injured in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar series. On Monday (January 11), Pucovski injured himself while fielding at mid-wicket during the second session of Day 5 of the Sydney Test against India.
The youngster lay on the ground and grimaced in pain before leaving the field. It is reported that he has gone for scans soon. Pucovski was also seen with a heavy ice pack on the injured shoulder.
If the 22-year-old couldn’t be fit in time for the Brisbane Test, which commences on 15th January, Australia does have options at their disposal: Marcus Harris is in the squad; Matthew Wade could also be back at the opening position where he batted in the first two Tests of the series – which would mean Travis Head could return in the side in the middle-order.
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) January 11, 2021
Will Pucovski shines on his Test debut
After averaging over 50 in first-class cricket – and smashing back-to-back double hundreds in the Sheffield Shield – expedited by Joe Burns’ inconsistent form, the inevitable happened as Pucovski was handed his debut cap in the third Test of the series against India at the SCG – making him the 460th Aussie to don the ‘Baggy Green’.
The youngster also recovered from a concussion – 9th of his short career – he suffered in the warm-up match against India A may have delayed his debut.
However, in his debut Test innings – riding on a bit of luck as Rishabh Pant dropped him twice – the right-hander lived up to the hype around him. Pucovski made a well-composed 62 against the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Ravichandran Ashwin. The Victorian was a delight to watch as he pulled, cut, and drove to raise his maiden Test fifty, on debut.
A hundred from Man of the Match, Steve Smith, and plenty of half-centuries in the match saw the Sydney Test being drawn as the visitors dug in on the fifth day. The action moves to Australia’s fortress, The Gabba – if Team India agrees – where the hosts haven’t lost since 1988.